Weekend Wrap: Swiss in Davis Cup Final; Venus Upset in Quebec Final
by Staff | September 14th, 2014, 7:38 pm
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Switzerland and France will contest the 2014 Davis Cup final after both nations advanced over the weekend, with Switzerland keeping alive a quest for a first-ever championship for Roger Federer.


Federer clinched the tie for the Swiss in the first singles match on Sunday, beating Italy and Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(4) in Geneva. It is the first appearance in the final for the Swiss nation since 1992.

“I think I really struggled,” said Federer after a low-quality match from both players. “Fabio struggled too over the whole weekend. They were tough conditions, a pretty quick court, there were a lot of errors.”

Federer and Stan Wawrinka won their opening singles on Friday, while on Saturday the Italian duo of Simone Bolelli and Fognini defeated Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli in five sets in the doubles.

Federer and the Swiss will travel to France in November for the final after the French rolled past the Czech Republic 3-0 in live matches.

After Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had little trouble with Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol respectively in straight sets on Friday, Gasquet and Tsonga clinched it in the Saturday doubles with a four-set win over Berdych and Radek Stepanek.

It is the first return to the final for the French since losing to Serbia in 2010.

“My players are so focused on the Davis Cup and now we are in the final, it’s fantastic,” said the French captain Arnaud Clement. “We are going to celebrate this but they are also going to be very focused on the final at the end of the year.”

France has not won the Davis Cup since 2001, and Federer said he is not afraid of playing in hostile territory.

“The most classical match-ups I’ve had in my career came against France,” the former No. 1 said. “We’ve always lost at home and won away, so I’m happy it’s in France.”

WORLD GROUP PLAYOFFS RESULTS

Brazil d. Spain 3-1
Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci wins both his singles, and the doubles team of Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares provides the clincher as powerhouse Spain is banished to zonal play for 2015. The injury-hit Spanish team was comprised of Roberto Bautusta Agut and Pablo Andujar in singles.

Argentina d. Israel 3-2
Argentina needs to win both singles on Sunday, and does behind Leo Mayer topping Dudi Sela in straights, and Carlos Berlocq losing only five games to No. 776-ranked Bar Tzuf Botzer.

India tied with Serbia 2-2
Yuki Bhambri for India and Filip Krajinovic for Serbia will decide this one when play resumes on Monday.

Canada d. Colombia 3-2
Milos Raonic closes it out in the first singles on Sunday in straight sets as the Canucks retain their spot in the 2015 World Group.

USA d. Slovakia 5-0
The under-powered Slovaks fail to win a match against John Isner, Sam Querrey, the Bryan brothers and crew.

Australia d. Uzbekistan 5-0
Nick Kyrgios and Lleytom Hewitt in singles, and Hewitt/Chris “Penthouse” Guccione in doubles wrap it up for the Aussies without dropped a set in live matches.

Croatia d. Netherlands 3-2
Dutchman Robin Haase evened it up at 2-2 after the first match on Sunday, coming from two sets down to beat Croatian Mate Delic, but US Open champ Marin Cilic save the day for the Croats with a four-set win over Thiemo de Bakker.

Belgium d. Ukraine 3-2
Belgian David “The Boffin” Goffin sealed the match in the first singles on Sunday, his second singles win of the weekend, rolling past Sergiy Stakhovsky in straights.

Lucic-Baroni, Lisicki, Knapp Capture WTA Titles

Unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, German Sabine Lisicki, and first-time winner Karin Knapp of Italy captured WTA titles over the weekend in Canada, Hong Kong and Uzbekistan respectively.

Lucic-Baroni shocked top-seeded Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3 for the title at the Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City, also sweeping to the doubles crown with Czech Lucie Hradecka.

“It was so long ago, I don’t even remember what it’s like to hold a trophy in my hands,” said Lucic-Baroni, who last won a title more than 16 years ago. “It’s just incredible. I’m still in a little bit of shock.”

The loss dropped Williams to 45-30 in WTA finals.

“She swung as hard as she could on every shot and hit so many lines,” Williams said. “It’s not typical that when you go for every shot they almost all go in. I think I played pretty well, but she just played better than me.”

The top-seeded Lisicki captured the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open crown, defeating No. 3-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the final 7-5, 6-3.

“After being in three finals last year and losing them closely, this is a big step forward for me,” said the wildcard Lisicki after winning her first title in over three years. “And I’m even happier because coming here was such a spontaneous decision — we literally decided three or four days before the tournament.”

Pliskova fell to 1-3 in WTA finals, but rebounded to win the doubles title with her twin sister Kristyna.

The No. 3-seeded Knapp edged top-seeded Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 7-6(4) for her maiden title at the Tashkent Open.

“I’ve had five surgeries, so many months of lay-offs in the last six years, in and out of tennis the last two years due to bad knee problems — but I knew it was possible for me to win a WTA event one day,” said Knapp, whose last final was in 2008.

Jovanovski fell to 2-2 in career WTA finals.


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15 Comments for Weekend Wrap: Swiss in Davis Cup Final; Venus Upset in Quebec Final

Frankie Says:

Where were all the Spainards this weekend?

Congrats to all the winners!!


Wog boy Says:

Spaniards had a bad week, they lost to France in basketball world cup in Spain and now they are relegated in DC.
BTW, congrats to USA for defending the title (was expected) and Serbia making it all the way to final, putting up a good fight and winning silver medal.


Gordon Says:

It’s shocking that Spain is out of the world group. The only thing that could be more shocking is if Serbia were to lose the final match tomorrow and join Spain.

France hosts Switzerland in the final in November. Should be an exciting final.


skeezer Says:

Spain. Rafa. ?.
Swiss. France. Da Best.


Wog boy Says:

^^I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens, they were 2:0 up after first day and 2:0 up in doubles match just to lose doubles and reverse single day after.


Wog boy Says:

^^that was for Gordon


Colin Says:

“Venus upset”, eh?

Am I going blind, or is there no reference whatever to Venus in the article?


Colin Says:

“Venus upset”, eh?

Am I going blind, or is there no reference whatever to Venus in this article?


Colin Says:

Normally, when I post something and click “submit comment”, the view skips to the original article and then down to the last posting – mine. This didn’t happen, so I thought I’d neglected to click “submit”. Hence the double posting.

Still, at least it wakened someone from their slumbers!


Giles Says:

Frankie. Where were the Swiss for the past decade or more? Eh?


jane Says:

does anyone understand how davis cup “rankings” work?

http://www.daviscup.com/en/rankings/current-rankings.aspx


jane Says:

^ p.s. i did click on the “rankings explained” button, lol, but it’s still confusing. 4 year rolling ranking? bonuses and discounts, etc? seems extra complicated. eh… forget about it.


RZ Says:

Switzerland vs. France should be a good final and too hard to call. Happy for both countries.

I really though Spain would have won against Brazil even with their C Team (still lots of talent).

Nice for Lucic-Baroni to win a title after all these years. And I didn’t know Knapp had had so many surgeries. Good for her too.


Wog boy Says:

Troicki is working his a$$ off to get back to top 100, he won second challenger and played one 250 final, since his ban expired. He had to start from zero in July, after 12 months ban and is already #170.
I know you are not interesing but just to mention.


madmax Says:

Great team effort from the Swiss. Roger is really firing on all cylinders.

Man of the moment in Switzerland, along with Stan. But these two, can they really face the onslaught of the toughest davis cup team – France? Spain are all out, so here’s hoping – would be wonderful for both – both guys getting the doubles olympic gold together and then davis cup would be wonderful.

Go Roger. Go Stan!

Federer really is having an explosive year. He also is the 2014 ATP match-win leader (56-10). He’s the winner of three titles this year and though it’s true that he hasn’t won a slam, he’s reached the semis in three of them, reaching the final once. That’s a record of 19-4. Only Djokovic (22-3) was better. He also reached the final of four Masters 1000 events, winning one in Cincinnati (runner up in Indian Wells [l. to Djokovic], Monte Carlo [l. to Wawrinka] and Toronto [l. to Tsonga]).
Overall, he’s been consistent in the smaller tournaments too, winning Dubai and Halle. He’s reached eight finals in 2014. he’s still made eight finals, which is up from three last year. He hasn’t suffered nearly as many losses to low-ranked opponents as he did in 2013.

He’s still been the victim of upsets, but those upsets were often redeemed when the player he lost to went on to go deep in the tournament (except for Rome, where Chardy on reached the QFs). He has the best record against the top ten this year.

Keep it up Roger! You are a legend!

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